I love this spin on the classic summer reading program ...
The Chapel Hill Public Library has launched its first ever winter reading program to encourage kids to read all year and motivate them to build, draw or create something based on the books they are reading.
The theme is "We Are Building Our Library ... Read and Build With Us!" - appropriate because the library is, itself, undergoing a renovation and expansion. It's now stationed in space at University Mall during the project.
The reading program began Dec. 17 and runs through Feb. 1. Kids can create an online account and log their reading progress. For each week that they log reading hours online, they are entered into a prize drawing for LEGO-themed prizes. Once they finish 15 hours of reading (about 20 minutes a day) they will earn a Chapel Hill Public Library LEGO. (Reading alone and being read to both count).
The library also is encouraging kids to build or create something based on the books they are reading. Kids can take a picture and send to to the library. The pictures will be added to an online slideshow.
For all the details and to sign up for the program, check the library's website.